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Interactive family event shows true impact of vaping

Bringing together over 10 different partners in holistic health & wellness, science and education, the Family Health Fair is set to be both entertaining as well as insightful.

The Family Health Fair takes place 22 June at The Blyth Performing Arts Centre. The event is particularly interesting for parents including their tweens / teenagers, health professionals, educators, philanthropists, and those with an interest in health & science. Activities are interactive and include measuring your body mass composition, enjoying holistic health massages, an art exhibition themed around mental health (including the option to bid for the art) and live music performances. Attendees can also have their family portrait taken by professional photographer Simon Cartwright.

Understanding the dangers of vaping

The main act of the Family Health Fair is the anti-vaping panel discussion by a well-rounded group of experts and led by Associate Professor Anita Jagroop-Dearing (researcher at Te Pūkenga, EIT). For more than 20 years, Anita was a medical scientist at UCL teaching hospital in London. She and her team are currently carrying out a programme of research to address the harms of youth vaping. This work focusses on the decision-making around vaping and identifying health-knowledge gaps, so that anti-vaping educational tools may be developed. This is a unique opportunity for guests to gain first-hand insights from the scientists, public health promoters, and school health staff. Parents and those interested can even submit their question(s) prior to the event here:

The Family Health Fair is an event organised by the Health Research Foundation – Hawke’s Bay. The foundation funds research projects which look to improve health in Hawke’s Bay. The Health Research Foundation has been around for 62 years – previously under the name Hawke’s Bay Medical Research Foundation. With its new name and local, holistic view on health, it invites people to learn more about the wonderful work done by local researchers and get involved or donate where they can:

Visit: and scroll to the bottom of the page to secure your tickets to the Family Health Fair.